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The environment of Belgium is one of the most productive in all of Europe for conducting stem cell research, and the country has assumed an international role in furthering stem cell research and therapies. Belgium is one of only seven European countries that allow human embryonic stem cell research using embryos donated from fertility clinics. Belgian law allows scientists to use laboratory-created embryos in their research but only when the research is deemed critical to finding a cure for major diseases. Belgian researchers also continue to use adult stem cells. Most research is carried out at the regional level. For example, the government of Flanders funds the Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB), which combines the talents of researchers from Ghent University, Catholic University of ...

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